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Imagine two clinics, Clinic A and Clinic B. They are located in the same city. They are part of the same charitable public clinic system. They serve the same low income, uninsured patients. And, they both have to "prove" that they are delivering quality patient care. How do you prove an intangible? Right now, it is all about "metrics." How many of your female patients over 40 have had their annual mammogram? How many patients over 50 have had a colonoscopy. Are people getting their flu vaccines? How many people who fill out surveys rate their doctor as "excellent"? How long do patients have to wait for an appointment? How many diabetics have had an eye exam? Have an a1c under 8?
These "metrics" are important numbers. They determine raises. Bonuses. Who gets promoted. Who gets to take control of large piles of public cash which go to fund health care for the indigent. With so much as stake, you can't blame a savvy clinic director or manager for trying to find shortcuts. It is hard to get a homeless patient who does not speak English to get a mammogram. It is easy to get a low income English speaking computer literate health conscience graduate student to get her health screens done. It is easy to control the diabetes in someone with mild diabetes. It is difficult to keep that A1c under 8---another metric---if the diabetic is blind, has no feet, has no money, and is on insulin he can not afford.
So, what do you do, if you are Clinic B and if you want to prove that you are the clinic that deserves the funding? Do you try harder? Can you really hope to get that blind, double amputee diabetic's a1c down below 8? No. No matter how hard you try, you know that you can't do it. So, you do something much easier. You send the blind, double amputee brittle diabetic to clinic A, your rival. You hold on to as many healthy, borderline poor, compliant, health conscious, normal weight, English speaking literate patients as you can attract, and you find some pretense to send the undesirables away. They were "noncompliant." They missed too many appointments---it is sort of hard for a blind, double amputee to get to the clinic sometimes. You tell a patient "No, you can't have any valium for your nocturnal spasms for your multiple sclerosis but there is a doctor as clinic A who will write that prescription." You say "No, I can't prescribe pain pills for your mother's cancer, but the doctors at clinic A can." You schedule them with doctors at clinic A.
What do you do if you are clinic A and you happen to believe that your charitable clinic system is here to serve the poor and the disabled? Do you send back the sick, illiterate, noncompliant, pain wracked patients that clinic B keeps dumping on you? Or, do you gather them into the fold of your already bursting at the seams practice and try to give them the care they need, too, even though your facility's resources are already stretched to the maximum? Even if it means that your doctors are now seeing too many patients each day, and the patients are mad because they have to wait for appointments, so they write angry evaluations. It's ok. You can put up with the abuse. You have to. Someone has to do the right thing.
Say Clinic A "does the right thing" because Clinic B won't? What happens to Clinic A's "metrics"? That's right. They go into the toilet. What happens to Clinic B's metrics? That's right. They shine. And what happens the next time all the clinics in the system are evaluated? Clinic B is held up as a model of efficiency and quality care, while clinic A is warned sternly that it must try harder. Clinic B's director gets a promotion. Clinic B gets more money. Clinic A eventually gets shut down.
There is no link. This is a 100% real story. I am the eyewitness. I won't tell you in what major metropolitan area it is happening. It is very likely happening in the city where you live. And in the VA where your dad goes. This is what happens when you use something as easily manipulated as a "metric" to determine quality of care.
And it gets worse. Lots of private insurers use them. They know that doctors who are attempting to improve their own "metrics" will quickly realize that the easiest way to do it is to dump all the sick and poor patients. You don't think that doctors in private practice would do something like that? You don't think they could live with themselves if they sent away the sick and the poor in order to increase their own profits? If those who are charged with taking care of the sick and the poor---employees of our public health clinics will resort to such tactics in order to increase their power within a public health system, then anyone will.
Something to think about the next time you are guilty of going to see a doctor while "medically complicated."
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Jun 12, 2014, 10:13 PM (6 replies)
Inside sources report that conservative William Kristol has a plan for easing the nation’s physician shortage which is estimated to reach 45,000 by 2020. Invade Cuba and “liberate” its doctors. Undeclared presidential candidate and GOP front runner Jeb Bush is said to be “intrigued” by the idea.
Rather than increasing funding of medical schools, Kristol proposes that the U.S. borrow a page from the Bush/Cheney administration. “Cuba has the highest number of doctors per capita of any country in the world except Italy. Now, Italy is on the other side of the Atlantic. Cuba is just south of Florida. I propose that we invade Cuba, topple its dictator, liberate its doctors and bring them all back to the United States. Health care provider shortage solved. And since they are all bilingual, we’ll save money on interpreters, too.”
In 1997, Kristol’s group the Project for a New America Century proposed that the United States increase its national security and decrease its dependence on foreign oil by invading Iraq and seizing its oil supplies. The Neo Conservatives were successful in persuading President George W. Bush to carry out their plan. “For the low cost of $1.9 trillion—that’s $6300 per U.S. citizen---Chevron, Shell, Exxon and other companies gained access to Iraqi oil fields. These companies stand to make millions, maybe even billions of dollars---and keep our gas guzzlers rolling for another decade while discouraging green energy research.”
Cuba has more than 68,000 doctors. Though the country is considered impoverished, its health care system is one of the best in North America.
“It isn’t fair for a godless communist nation like Cuba to horde a valuable resource like physicians,” said Christian Broadcasting Chairman Pat Robertson. “When Jesus cured the leper, he signaled that healthcare is the prerogative of good, Christian people. I call upon my country to launch a crusade to liberate those doctors in the name of God and Democracy.”
Executives of national hospital chains have expressed interest in an open auction of the “liberated” doctors. However, the Pentagon says that it has first dibs. “We’ve got to clean up our mess at the VA first,” said a high ranking officer who spoke on the condition that he not be named. “If there’s any doctors left over, the private sector can have them.”
McCamy Reports: Because What's Ours is Ours....and What's Theirs is Ours----That's the American Way
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Jun 4, 2014, 12:04 AM (4 replies)
Lots of Loud voices. Lots of opinions. Lots of anger.
"The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today" August Spies. Nov 11, 1887
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Jun 2, 2014, 09:52 PM (9 replies)
The organizers of Open Carry announced today that they are forming a publicly traded company and will be offering shares of their new business, Crowd Control, Inc. Says a company spokesman, “We got the idea when the manager of a Super Shell in Buttlick, Texas called us up one day and said ‘Would you boys get on down to the local Super Chevron and stand around with your biggest semi-automatic assault rifles? Me and the manager of that store have a little bet going on to see who can bring in the most customers today, me with my buy one get one free burrito special and him with his half price slushy promotional and I think he’s gonna win. There’s a case of Shiner Bock riding on this one, and I could sure use some help. I’ll split the case with you. What do you say?’”
The local chapter of Open Carry rounded up six members. Each was armed with two semiautomatic assault rifles. They gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Super Chevron and within minutes the store was deserted, and it stayed that way for the rest of the day.
“The police came by a couple of times to ask us to move on,” said Open Carry spokesman, Brick Thick. “But we know our rights. Free Speech, Right to Bear Arms---it’s all there in the Constitution.” He unbuttoned his blue work shirt and revealed a tattoo of the US Constitution on his chest. Part had been blacked out. “That’s the part that says women have a right to an abortion. We think Betsy Ross slipped than one in when the Founding Fathers weren’t looking.”
The new corporation will offer a variety of services. For a fee, they will set up a picket line. “We’ll picket anything. A gay wedding. Your ex-girl’s wedding. Your ex-girlfriend’s mother’s funeral. The company that fired you.” For a larger fee, they will do what they call “Crowd Control.”
“That’s where we get a dozen members to arm themselves up and visit your competitor. We stroll around pushing shopping carts, eying the merchandise, checking out the other customers, making eye contact with the men, smiling at the babies---you know, keeping a high profile. You’d be surprised at how fast a Target Super Center will clear out once we show up. Since the shoppers still need Coke and Huggies, they head on over to the Wal-Mart Super store.”
Demand is so high that the company is selling franchises. "Our biggest problem right now is all the "Control" websites are taken. Control.com, Control.net---we can't find any of them that we can use. We've tried staging our own crowd control at some of those sites, but it just isn't the same when they can't see that they guys bombarding them with spam are carrying Sig Sauer 516 Patrol G2 OD Green Piston AR-15 ODGs. I guess you could say that the Internet is the enemy of the Second Amendment."
McCamy Reports: News That Must Be True, Because It FEELS True
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 04:04 PM (0 replies)
Live in Dallas or Houston and don't have anything to do this weekend? A bunch of folks are planning to head on out to East Texas to visit Big Earl's, reportedly the hottest "Gay Bar" in the area.
PITTSBURG, Texas (KRLD) – An East Texas restaurant is receiving unique backlash on social media after a waitress told a gay couple not to return, making a homophobic remark in the process.
Using Yelp and Google reviews, online activists are trying to make Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store in Pittsburg seem like one of the highest rated and most recommended gay bars in Texas.
One Yelp review reads, “this place is great… you can really let your freak flag fly here.”
Another reads, “I’m a dude. I like dudes. And I appreciate a place where dudes can hang out together in dude-company.” A comment that is in obvious reference to the sign on Big Earls Restaurant that states, “Welcome to Big Earls, where men act like men and women act like ladies. No Saggy Pants.”
Here is another:
The food is whatever but the SCENE is simply TO-DIE. They don’t call it “Big” Earls for nothin (amiright?).
Lady-boys and boy-ladies acting so gender non-specific you’ll think you’ve died and gone to HEAVEN (New York City’s hottest boy party from the 90′s) Pittsburg, TX just got a whole lot Cher’ier and I for one can’t help but squeal with delight. Squeal, squeal, squeal, squeal, squeal!
Do yourself (and the lovely owners) a favor and get your bedazzled bottoms in this place ASAP!
Happy Cruising Girls!
The satirical reviews talk about how the food is mediocre, but the place's drag shows and gay events make up for it.
"This is still the best gay cruiser joint in Texas!" one review said. "I've picked up several dates there. All are very handsome, very gay men."
Users are also posting photos from gay pride parades to the Yelp page.
Some of the Yelp reviewers are planning to visit the business as another protest.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/online-activists-mock-alleged-anti-gay-restaurant-satirical-reviews-
But watch out!
"We are aware that they are attempting to come out here," Christina Cheney told the CBS station. "We're ready for them. We have informed the sheriff's department and the state."
Ooo. Men in uniform.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/online-activists-mock-alleged-anti-gay-restaurant-satirical-reviews-article-1.1811501#ixzz33H1S0ldf
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat May 31, 2014, 02:57 AM (0 replies)
In response to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's bold re-election strategy ("Let's abolish the ACA but have the federal government continue to pay for health care for everyone in Kentucky"), Republican Senators from across the nation have come up with a plan that they think will energize their base this fall.
Said a spokesman for Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) "Kentucky only has 10% minorities. Their state could take the Medicaid money without compromising Republican principles, since for every Negro and Hispanic insured, nine hard working real Americans would get the health insurance that they need in order to keep this nation strong. In Senator Cornyn's state of Texas, over half the citizens are colored---excuse me, minorities. There was just no way that Governor Rick Perry could justify helping all those undesirables reproduce. Unfortunately, that means some of our own have had to do without. And that's just not fair. Why should a hard working American be deprived of health care just because a bunch of wetbacks decided to move in next door?
"Under Senator Cornyn's plan, the Affordable Care Act will be abolished--but all white Americans who have already obtained insurance through the plan will be able to keep their federal subsidy or Medicaid. And, states which opted out of the Medicaid expansion will be given a 24 hour window in which to change their minds. I understand that Mississippi governor Phil Bryant (R) is tickled pink about the plan. He told the Senator 'John, it tore me up having to tell the nice lady who does my wife's hair that I couldn't support getting her health insurance, because it would mean giving health insurance to the wrong kinds of people. And she said she understood completely, even though her gallbladder was acting up. This way, Charlene will be able to get her gallbladder out, and the Welfare Queens won't be able to get their tummy tucks.'"
When asked how the federal government would determine who was "white" enough to be insurable, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus responded "We're still working on that part of the legislation. But anyone darker than Rep. John Boehner will definitely be disqualified."
McCamy Reports: 100% As Real as Fox News News. Would I Lie to You?
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat May 31, 2014, 01:36 AM (6 replies)
The Republican strategy in 1980 and 2000 was the same---use the men and women in the mainstream media to denounce the current Democratic Administration as 1) sleazy 2) weak 3) uninspired 4) unAmerica 5) no fun. Use 1) Nightline ("America Held Hostage") 2) House Committees (Dan Burton) 3) Fox News 4) National Enquirer or any other tool at their disposal to repeat the same Big Lie over and over.
Then, whip out some moron who is obviously too dumb to organize a conspiracy to write a bad check, let along a conspiracy to to kill Vince Foster and run the Arkansas Mafia. I am speaking of Ray-gun and Dumb-ya. The anti-Nixons The whores in the press gush about how refreshing it is to have an administration that has brought dignity and integrity and good old fashioned American values---like blindly leading your corporate masters into a great big war of choice on the other side of the globe---back to Washington. After eight or twelve years of this bullshit, the members of the press grudgingly admit that they were fooled, but they vow they won't get fooled again, and they call for a fresh start. We get a fresh start. The GOP begins sliming the (fresh start) Democratic administration again (recall that Bush Sr. left Linda Tripp behind meaning that he was already planning the slime when he left and W. raided the coffers and gave all the money to the banks so that he could hand Obama a recession/depression). And the media lackeys pick up the refrain.
"Oh, how shameful. How divisive. How weak. If only we had a president who could restore honor and dignity to the White House. One whom we could follow (blindly)..."
If necessary, I will name names. The media whores know exactly who they are. Or, they could decide not to play the game this time. I don't mind if they want to play. It gives me something to write about. Like this little gem from Margaret Carlson:
Few journalists saw anything wrong with this double standard. In fact, some found it amusing. "You can actually disprove some of what Bush is saying if you really get in the weeds and get out your calculator, or you look at his record in Texas," Time magazine columnist Margaret Carlson told radio morning man Don Imus at the height of the campaign. "But it's really easy, and it's fun, to disprove Gore. As sport, and as our enterprise, Gore coming up with another whopper is greatly entertaining to us."
Oh, yes, Ms. Carlson, it is so very amusing to watch Iraqi children die. I am sure you get such a chuckle knowing that you and your colleagues hold this kind of power over life and death. You'll argue "But we could not have known!" Yeah, well this time, you know.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon May 26, 2014, 09:56 PM (7 replies)
Easy, right? White guys. Not so fast. So called “white privilege” is not really about rewarding people for their lack of melanin---although most of the folks who benefit from it are fairly deficient in skin pigment. Racial politics in America has very little to do with the way that your body absorbs the sun’s rays to create Vitamin D to prevent rickets and much more to do with corporate profits. And “white privilege” only works if a very large number of white folks are dirt poor and mad as hell—at the wrong people.
Way back in the 19th century, American capitalists learned that they could keep wages down, by pitting different groups of workers against each other. Most often that meant one immigrant group versus another immigrant group. Or one religious group against another. Any way you could divide people---by gender, age, skin color, language---the bosses could divide and conquer workers, employing the most oppressed, desperate group as scab labor to break the strikes of the slightly more empowered groups. If your Germans demanded an eight hour day, the factory owner could point out the Italians newly arrived on America’s shores. Rather than hating the bosses, the Germans turned their rage on the Italians.
After the “Levee Broke” in the 1920s and rural Black farmworkers fled the South for the North, Blacks became the low wage workers of choice for capitalists intent upon keeping salaries low. Now, it’s Latinos coming up from Mexico and Central and South America who are being presented as the villains who are “forcing” wages down.
The problem with this rotating immigrants game is that eventually, the latest wave of immigrants gets absorbed into American mainstream culture---and then there is no more divide and conquer. All the workers see each other as fellow Americans. They start looking out for each other’s best interests---you know, unions, universal health care. The 1% stops being massively insanely rich and is only ridiculously rich---and they can’t have that. They are too scared of what might happen if their own personal house of cards were to collapse. In the secret heart of every billionaire, there lurks the specter of Enron and Ken Lay. And so, they plot and scheme to do what capitalists have been doing since the dawn of industrial capitalism--- harness the state to prop them up. That’s what fascism is really all about. The tax coffers of the people laid at the feet of the factory owners, so that they need never fear going without foie gras . The people’s army ready to defend their financial interests in Nicaragua and Iraq.
What does “white privilege” have to do with fascism? Everything. Here’s a definition of fascism from Robert O. Paxton from the book Anatomy of Fascism:
Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.
1.“At bottom is a passionate nationalism”
2.“a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions”
3.“the belief that one's group is a victim, a sentiment that justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against its enemies, both internal and external”
4.dread of the group's decline under the corrosive effects of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences”
5.“the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary”
The key word here is “decline.” Create a myth---a myth of an America in which every white man was once king of his castle. Never mind that up until the post WWII period, most workers of all colors labored long hours, died penniless and had no real power. Whisper into the ears of white folks “Hey, I know you’re just a working Joe, but you and I have something in common. We’re both REAL Americans. You know what I mean. Those unions want to take away your job. They want to give it to some ____. But because you’re like me, I’m going to look out for you. I’m going to protect you. As long as you stay out of that union.” When the issue of health care comes up, whisper into those same working class white ears “I know you really need that surgery, but we both know that those Mexicans down the street would just use this insurance to have more babies. And then, you’d be out of a job. Trust me. I have a plan to get rid of those Mexicans that are making me pay such low wages. Then, you can get your old job at the mill back with your old wage and your old benefits. Would I lie to you? Look at me? We’re alike, you and me. The same color.” When the subject gets around to the mortgage crisis and the banks “Hey, it wasn’t the bankers. It was all those dumb____ trying to buy houses they could not afford. That’s why you lost your house. I’d give you a house, except the ____s would have a fit. Just you wait. I have a secret plan. Once things get bad enough, we’ll get rid them of them. You just be sure you’re ready. Be sure you have plenty of guns and ammo. Because the president is one of them.”
Those who have been trying to engineer a corporate fascist coup in America are running out of time. Pretty soon, white folks will no longer be the majority. That’s why we see them resorting to desperate tactics, like Bush v. Gore and Citizens United. Their tactics are so extreme that they are likely to torpedo their own movement----Americans value their rugged individualism and it will be extremely difficult to get a majority of them to agree about anything, especially about a cause that demands that they “abandon democratic liberties”--aka goose step. Our ancestors left other countries precisely because we were so pissed at being told what to do. However, that will not stop the corporate fascists from trying---and from hurting a whole lot of folks, including a great many of their so called “privileged” white brothers and sisters, deliberately, in order to provoke them. And so, they engineered the Bush recession, the housing crisis, the unemployment crisis and they have all but shut down the government, knowing that the worse the economy gets and the more people suffer, the easier it will be to feed some folks their lies. Tens of thousands of people will die from their refusal to expand Medicaid in 24 states. This includes lots of so called "privileged" white folks. That's what they are hoping for. That is what they are counting on. That is the terrifying evil at the heart of corporate fascism---it treats real live human beings---including children--as commodities. It makes cannon fodder out of innocent babies. And the only hope any of these folks have is if they manage to resist the lure of the lie of "white privilege", turn off Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, get out there and make their real needs and wishes known.
"White privilege" is a poison, a lie, every bit as toxic as the myth of "frail femininity" that has kept women working for a fraction of what men make for centuries. It needs to be purged from our psyche and replaced with human values like kindness and compassion.
Tears for those who were martyred in Chicago in 1887 and those they left behind. Solidarity!
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat May 24, 2014, 08:29 PM (5 replies)
Intro: Neil Gaiman's short and sweet piece about war from the point of view of children ( http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=4993504 ) got me thinking today. Yes, I know that's a dangerous thing to do. And not very American. Plus, last night, I was reading a thread in which several people complained that there were fewer "long" OPs at DU and fewer OP's with links. So, I thought What the hell! I'll pretend this is 2007, the "Good old days" when we still had attention spans and people still read OPs that were longer than two paragraphs and contained complete sentences.
Warning! Extremely long thread ahead. No, not as long as some of the Moby Dick-esque threads I used to write, that often had to be broken down into three or four parts, because they were so monstrously, hideously long. But if you have places to go and things to do, I would skip this one, because I don't sum it up in the opening and closing paragraphs, the way that journalists are taught to do, so if you don't read what comes in the middle, you'll probably miss something. Also, extreme Corsi Warning! because I link something I wrote myself, way back when I was still doing Gone With the Wind length threads. And, if you don't know what a "Corsi" is, that is what Google is for.
Ok, now that I've completely alienated everyone, here is the actual OP. Why would I want to alienate my readers? To put you in the driver's seat. To remind you that "You are the OP you read, and the OP becomes the OP you read" to paraphrase Wallace Stevens "Idea of Order in Key West". You know what a Readerly Text is, don't you? If you need to refresh you memory, here is a link to "The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes.
Thus is revealed the total existence of writing: a text is made of multiple writings, drawn from many cultures and entering into mutual relations of dialogue, parody, contestation, but there is one place where this multiplicity is focused and that place is the reader, not, as was hitherto said, the author. The reader is the space on which all the quotations that make up a writing are inscribed without any of them being lost; a text’s unity lies not in its origin but in its destination. Yet this destination cannot any longer be personal: the reader is without history, biography, psychology; he is simply that someone who holds together in a single field all the traces by which the written text is constituted. Which is why it is derisory to condemn the new writing in the name of a humanism hypocritically turned champion of the reader’s rights. Classic criticism has never paid any attention to the reader; for it, the writer is the only person in literature. We are now beginning to let ourselves be fooled no longer by the arrogant antiphrastical recriminations of good society in favour of the very thing it sets aside, ignores, smothers, or destroys; we know that to give writing its future, it is necessary to overthrow the myth: the birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.
Now that this OP has been thoroughly McCamy-fied, here it is, the actual topic du jour:
It Takes a Child to Raise a Village
Personal liberty or group safety----a conflict as old as civilization. Which is more important? My right to own a handgun or society’s right not to be shot to hell when someone gets into the 12 Item Only Express checkout line with 13 items in his cart? Society’s right, obviously. Which is more important, my right to own a handgun or my potential rapist’s right not to get his balls shot off when I pull out my piece and aim it between his legs? My right, of course. We could play this game forever.
If you want to find answers, sometimes you have to ask the right questions. How many children are killed or injured each year with guns in this country? 10,000.
The thought of 10000 children, some of them toddlers, injured or dead is not enough to make you cry? Ok, how about a visual to go along with the cold, hard numbers.
A 3-year-old boy from Arizona is exceeding doctors’ expectations after he shot himself in the head with a gun he found under a couch in his great-grandmother's house.
As a result of the incident, Landon Smith can’t move the left side of his body and surgeons had to remove half of his skull, which is now being preserved inside the toddler’s abdomen, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported.
Landon was visiting his great-grandmother in Cave Creek, Ariz., last month when he found a loaded gun underneath a couch. The gun went off, sending a bullet into his head, above his right eye before it exited out of the back.
No one, not even the NRA would argue that the deaths and serious injuries of these children are desirable. They are evidence that something is very wrong in our country. We have a serious gun safety problem. So, the real question is not whether we should own guns. We need to ask ourselves How do we make the guns we own more safe? The NRA will hem and haw and claim that this is a back door way to limit their Second Amendment Rights. I suggest that this is the Child's Way to Raise a Safer, Saner Village.
National security or other nation’s right to self- determination. Which is more important? Do I have a right to lob a missile into your backyard if you blockade my country? Certainly not! Do I have a right to invade your country if you hijack a plane and crash it into a tower full of my citizens? You betcha! If you examine these two scenarios closely, you will realize that when it comes to conflict between countries, the smaller countries are screwed. Anything they do---and they have very few options---will be the “wrong” choice. Anything the powerful country does will be “right” because the word rhymes with “might.” So, why are there any weak countries left in the world? Because, whenever violence erupts and the powerful nations proclaim that they can do whatever the fuck they want to do, some inconvenient person reminds everyone about the effects of war on children. Way back when, during one of those conflicts that give Democrats the moral willies, because we are supposed to support one side, but we cannot help but feel sorry for the other, too, I wrote a generic piece about Children and War. I called it “’To Kill the Big Rats You Have to Kill the Little Rats: Children and War’”. It’s still online in my old DU Journal Archive. It's very long and depressing, so I suggest bookmarking it to read later and then forgetting it. http://journals.democraticunderground.com/McCamy%20Taylor/357 .
War is easy. We all know that war is bad. What about wealth disparity? What about poverty? What about health disparity? Those of us who were raised Baptist were taught that God elects the chosen before birth and that He rewards them with material wealth in this lifetime to show that they have been chosen. Therefore, anyone who is poor and hungry and sick, deserves to be poor and hungry and sick. We are taught in school that America is the land of opportunity and that everyone has a chance to get an education and a career and become a millionaire. We are told that the poor are poor because they are too lazy to work---
But what about poor children? What about hungry children? What about a child whose mother gets breast cancer, and because their state opted out of the Medicaid expansion, Mom cannot get timely treatment and she dies, leaving him in foster care, where no one thrives? What about a child whose father suffers from mental illness which he cannot afford to treat and therefore, he is sent to prison, leaving the family homeless, hungry, destitute? Sick and poor are two words that go together, because illness is the number one cause of bankruptcy in this country. When the breadwinner gets sick, he or she can no longer work. There goes the health insurance. Meanwhile, the medical bills keep piling up. And, without health insurance, health care options become limited. There is no chance for a “cure” that might get the bread winner back to work. The best the family can hope for is an occasional “patch up” in the Emergency Room---and twenty or thirty thousand dollars more in debt---that keeps Mom or Dad just barely alive---and the kids hungry, cold and homeless.
Individual responsibility versus the “nanny state”, which is more important? Do we coddle those who allow themselves to get sick with cancer or lupus or who happen to be standing in the wrong place when a building collapses? If I told you that every forty year old dying needlessly of preventable heart disease comes with a ten year old son who knows that his father is dying and every thirty year old woman dying needlessly of breast cancer that could have been cured with a simple surgery has a six year old daughter who does not know that Mom won't be here next year, but she knows that they had to give up the dog because they lost the house and she knows Mom cries herself to sleep each night because of the pain...
Would that make you see things differently? Could those children teach us how we ought to raise our village?
Personal health versus the "Health" of the Economy. What about the child that is born with birth defects, because of pollution in our water that ended up in the fish its mother ate while pregnant? What about the boy who loses his father to lung cancer, because we had to make sure that tobacco farmers got a good price for their crop? If we could see through their eyes, would we run our village differently?
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat May 24, 2014, 05:21 PM (0 replies)
Just because. And because anyone who was on Nixon's Enemies list is a national treasure.
I love you! I loved you during the Clinton Impeachment! I loved you during Grand Theft Election Ohio! I loved you during Downing Street Memos! I love you still! You are the best in Congress and you are MY Congressman, even though I live in Texas. So, you better stay in Congress and stay vocal for all of, especially those of us who don't have anyone who speaks for us.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri May 23, 2014, 08:39 PM (15 replies)